Are UP students suffering from a failure of thinking?

Interesting how just as the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is unveiling a massive programme of infrastructure spend of unprecedented proportions, the prevailing online chatter amongst would-be and wannabe “activists” had so far been centred around the proposed honorary degree to be conferred by the University of the Philippines on the president. The sheer […]

Ill-mannered UPLB student cops online abuse from balasubas Durterte supporters!

Again another outrage fad is erupting and this time it centres around a student of the University of the Philippines Los Banos campus (UPLB) confronting presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte with some pointed questions recently. The media drama which climaxed with a spate of online bullying this student copped from furious Duterte supporters and the spectacular […]

Shouldn’t ABS-CBN apologize to Jejomar Binay as well?

Perhaps it’s too much to ask of ABS-CBN, though. Common sense should dictate that the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) student body was not the only aggrieved party. They weren’t the one who was “mistakenly” reported as being shouted at with trapo. Vice President Jejomar Binay, the one invited to the forum, was. […]

ABS-CBN News cops the wrath of the University of the Philippines student body!

The sloppy journalism of ABS-CBN News has finally caught up with it. In an “open letter”, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Student Council (SC) pointedly denounced the “unethical journalism” practiced by the Philippines’ largest for-profit media corporation… Last Tuesday, 15 September, the Vice President of the Philippines, Jejomar Binay, visited the University […]

Critical thinking can save the Philippines

University of the Philippines (UP) Professor Gerry Lanuza recently caused an uproar on social media when he was accused of attacking UP summa cum laude biology graduate Tiffany Uy on his Facebook post as being merely a “puppy of her parents” after she was lauded for achieving the highest weighted grade average obtained in the […]

UP ex-president Jose Abueva’s urge to support the passing of the Bangsamoro Basic Law insults Filipinos’ intelligence

There is something fundamentally wrong in what former University of the Philippines president Jose V. Abueva says today in his Inquirer column Let’s calm down and move forward… Nevertheless, so many more peace-loving Christians and Muslims nationwide are praying and working for enduring peace and development in Mindanao by establishing the Bangsamoro autonomous region. The […]

Should parents be bragging about their kids’ academic achievements on Facebook?

Ok, so I’m one of those sheeple whose first activity after getting out of bed in the morning is to check their social media timelines. That shameful admission out of the way, I’ll get to the point of this piece. Today, I discovered just now, is obviously the day after the announcement of the results […]

Question to activists: After resorting to violence against Sec Butch Abad, what next?

I can understand the rage felt by those UP students who mobbed Department of Budget Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio ‘Butch’ Abad in mid-September. The behaviour of these activists represent an explosion of pent-up anger over what many believe to be an astounding case of wholesale national thievery that will likely go unpunished. Abad is widely-regarded […]